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4 College Junior

Computers: There are labs, cubicles, classrooms, and other niches available on a regular basis. However, during midterms and finals spots fill up quickly, beginning at 8am. This causes the networks to slow down a bit. During that time I suggest getting to the library early, finding an empty classroom, or just getting a laptop. Laptops are not required for class though.

4 College Freshman

Computers: There is wireless everywhere on campus. I have never had a problem finding a computer.

1 College Freshman

Computers: THE WIFI REALLY SUCKS. Crashes every 5-15 minutes, especially dependent upon which dorm you're in.

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4 College Junior

Computers: It is really important to have your own computer, but a printer is not necessary.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 780th
    Best Wireless Availability
  • 1004th
    Best Computer Availability
  • 1265th
    Fastest Internet
  • 1400th
    Best Network Reliability

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Julia Fawal
Birmingham, Alabama
Grad Year
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If you're in the library and you suddenly start hearing people sighing exasperatedly and shouting, "Why, Rhodes?", the Internet connection probably just went out. Unfortunately, this happens more frequently than students would like. The server is very "in and out," sometimes getting cut off for hours at a time. Naturally, it's incredibly frustrating since Rhodes professors rely so much on the Internet for posting assignments and PowerPoint presentations. Moodle is frequently used by professors to post quizzes, homework, and class announcements, and students cannot go more than a few hours without checking email if they don't want to miss anything important. The connection problems have decreased recently, though, as the ITS staff is working to fix current issues and prevent more from arising.

It isn't vital to have your own computer at Rhodes, but it is definitely recommended. It would make your life much easier. While there's usually not a wait to use one of the many campus computers, the computer labs do get crowded during finals week and even right before class, as students rush to print out last-minute papers.

Facts & Statistics

Wireless Access
Available almost everywhere on campus, including all residence halls
24-Hour Labs?
The Middle Ground
Charged to Print?
Students are given 1,000 pages of free printing. After that, it costs 10 cents per page.
Special Software & Hardware Discounts
Did You Know?
Rhodes has 42 smart classroom facilities.

Student Polls

Rate computers on the following subjects    Based on 43 responses

Very weak
  • Availability of computer labs
  • Campus tech support
  • Free/discounted software
  • Number of computer labs
  • Printing cost/quota limits
  • Reliability of network
  • Speed of network
  • Technology in classrooms and labs
  • Wireless availability

How necessary is it to bring your own computer?    Based on 50 responses

  • 0% The school supplies each student with their own laptop.
  • 72% Extremely important, especially when the labs are crowded during semester crunch times.
  • 24% Not necessary for school work but relatively important for socializing and entertainment.
  • 4% Don't waste your money; there are plenty of computers to use on campus.


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